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NACD Poster Contest 

NACD Poster Contest

Applications are open through September 15


2024 Poster Contest Theme

"May the Forest be with You"

VASWCD Educational Foundation 2024 Scholarship Application 

Applications are open through March 15

General Information

The NACD Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade a chance to have their art displayed nationally. Winning posters reflect the annual NACD Stewardship theme and highlight the work of conservation districts and their associations in protecting and enhancing natural resources. The contest starts locally, advances to state levels, then national. National winners receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.

Poster categories by grade: 

  • K        –     1st

  • 2nd   –    3rd

  • 4th    –    6th

  • 7th    –    9th hand-drawn

  • 7th    –    9th digital  

  • 10th  –    12th hand-drawn

  • 10th  –    12th digital  


  • The contest welcomes participation from students in public, private, and home-school settings.


  • We suggest using 60 lb paper and 11″ x 17″! However we will accept posters in any size over 8.5″ x 11″ 

  • All entries must be submitted by September 15, 2024 with a  contest entry form for consideration.

  • Send form to:

               Amanda Whispell​

               205 Bulifants Boulevard, Suite C

               Williamsburg, Virginia 23188


The national contest offers cash prizes to the top three posters.

  • First-place         $200.00

  • Second-place   $150.00

  • Third-place        $100.00

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. District winners advance to the state level.  Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.


Any Girl Scout or Boy Scout who creates a poster and submits it to the Colonial SWCD for judging can earn the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch.  

  • When submitting a poster to earn the Poster Contest Patch, be sure to check the box on the entry form to receive your patch.


What is the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation?

The VASWCD Educational Foundation scholarship program promotes the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with a natural resource conservation and environmental protection emphasis. The program provides financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.  2022 Prospective scholarship candidates – Individual applicants must be Virginia residents and full-time college freshmen or high school senior students  who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum.


Annually the Foundation provides four $2000 statewide scholarships. Individual applicants must be Virginia residents and full-time college freshmen or high school senior students  who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum.


 Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his or her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement.  The applicant’s most recent official high school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.  Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation.


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